Nevada utility NV Energy, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, filed a resource plan with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada on June 1 to buy 1,000MW of solar energy and build 100MW/400MWh of energy storage systems.
If the commission approves the 25-year electricity purchase contracts the utility will build three energy storage systems to balance supply and demand from six solar projects — three in northern Nevada and three in southern Nevada.
The projects include 25MW ESS at Battle Mountain Solar Project, which includes 101MW solar photovoltaic located near Battle Mountain, Nevada.
A 50MW ESS at the Dodge Flat Solar Energy Center, a 200MW solar photovoltaic project located east of Reno.
The Fish Springs Ranch Solar Energy Center will integrate 25MW of storage with 100MW PV north of Reno.
All projects should be operational by the end of 2021.
NV Energy’s chief executive officer Paul Caudill said the projects positioned the company to meet its commitment to double renewable energy by 2023, and the state’s long term goal of serving Nevada customers with 100% renewable energy.
He said the direct investment into the state’s economy, including the cost of construction, would be more than $2 billion.